Darien baseball rides 9-run sixth inning past Stamford
Updated 3:35 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
DARIEN -- Darien's bats needed a little while to wake up Monday afternoon, but once they did the Blue Wave cruised to a 19-7 victory over Stamford at home.
Darien (10-2, 10-0 FCIAC) sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring nine runs on six hits to pull away from Stamford and stay undefeated in FCIAC play.
Conor Davey, who had homered in the third, provided the big blow in fourth, lacing an opposite field double to plate two.
"It was 2-0. I was just looking for a pitch right down the middle and I saw that and took it the other way," said Davey, who finished with four RBIs. "And we did well after that. It kind of opened it up for everybody, made everything a little less tense for everyone."
Wave coach Mike Scott identified that inning, and more specifically that at-bat, as the momentum swing as well.
"It was a big spot for us to come in and put a couple runners on and put some pressure on them," Scott said. "To get the big base hit -- they bring in a guy that's pretty good and we have a pretty good hitter at the plate and our guy came up big, which was the turning point of the game."
Early on Stamford found success at the plate. Fueled by James Gronberg's two doubles in the first two innings, the Knights were pushed across a run in each of the first three innings, but they also left five men on as the Wave turned double plays in the second and third.
"Early on (pitcher, Stephen) Barston was leaving the ball up, but he did a great job of battling and leaving runners on base and giving our offense a chance," Scott said. "(Stamford's) a good team and to get a couple guys on and knowing there's good sticks in that lineup -- limiting runs is big there so to stay in this ballgame."
For Stamford (7-6, 5-6) and coach Rit Lacomis, the game was a bit off pace, as usually the pitching is enough to stay competitive while the bats have to catch up.
"If you would tell us that we were going to score seven runs with the way that our pitchers have pitched all year, I would take my chances with that in a heartbeat," Lacomis said. "We came out swinging, but we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit. We knew that they weren't going to die down. They're undefeated in the FCIAC for a reason."
Lacomis added that there's still enough baseball to be played this season for his team to sneak into a postseason spot. The Wave, meanwhile, look to take things one game at a time.
"Every win is big from here on out," Scott said. "Even though we're out to a nice start, there's teams right on our tails. We're still not taking anything for granted, everybody is good enough to beat us and we've got to come out and play our game and try to keep this thing going."
Darien 19, Stamford 7
STAMFORD 1 1 1 0 0 4 0--7 13 4
DARIEN 0 1 3 9 0 6 X--19 17 2
Records: Stamford 7-6, 5-6 FCIAC; Darien 10-2, 10-0. Batteries: S--Michael White (L, 3.1), Shawn Urbano (.1), John Brown (2.1) and Tyler Serricchio; D--Stephen Barston (W, 5+), Richard Brereton and Anthony DiMeglio. Highlights: Conor Davey hit a homerun and a double while driving in four; Anthony DiMeglio homered and George Reed drove in three. James Gronberg went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and runs scored Michael Bernadelli hit a two-run single for the Knights.